by Ron Gregory
WASHINGTON, DC — Third District U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins has announced that the Nicholas County Farmland Protection Board has received a federal grant of $103,400 from the National Park Service to protect the Battle of Kessler’s Cross Roads (also known as the Battle of Kessler’s Cross Lanes) battlefield.
The grant from the Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program will be used to acquire a 99-acre portion of the battlefield in Nicholas County.
“Our state has natural beauty that’s second to none and a unique tie to the Civil War that no other state can claim. Some of the most defining moments in our nation’s history have been decided on battlefields like this one. Historic landmarks are important and must be preserved for future generations, and this acquisition will help attract tourists and tell West Virginia’s story,” the Republican congressman said.
The August 26, 1861 battle resulted in a Confederate victory as the counties that now make up West Virginia were then a part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Shortly after the Confederate win under Brigadier General John B. Floyd, CSA Commander Robert E. Lee arrived in the area.
The American Battlefield Protection Program works to promote the preservation of significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil.